Buccaneers fullback-tight end Alan Cross is retiring from the NFL to take a job as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Memphis, joining Mike Norvell’s staff. Cross, who was nicknamed “Honcho” and was one of the most likable Bucs in the locker room, was a special teams star for Tampa Bay and a role player in Dirk Koetter’s offense over the past three years.
Cross, who was signed an undrafted free agent in 2016, recorded one touchdown in his three-year career, which was the game-winner in Tampa Bay’s 19-17 upset at Kansas City in 2016. Cross finishes his NFL career with 13 receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown.
“I’m very thankful and blessed for the opportunity,” Cross told PewterReport.com. “Tampa will be considered my second home and will always have a place in my heart.”